Julian v. Barber, 1921

Some confusing legal news from the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), January 13, 1921, page 1:

F. C. Barber Wins Suit.
The suit of P. F. Julian vs. F. C. Barber was tried before Justice Stratford Saunders Tuesday afternoon. The trial was set for 10:00 a.m. but the men demanded a jury trial, and before the jury could be obtained the fire broke out at the C. E. Owens home and the Court adjourned until 1 p.m.
The suit was for wages claimed by Julian to be due him from Barber. Several witnesses were examined, and according to the testimony, the defendant had advanced to the claimant to move the latter’s household goods, and for other purposes, a sum in excess of that claimed as wages.
After remaining out for more than an hour, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant.

In the following week’s edition (January 20, 1921), we find the following addition:

A Correction.
In last week’s issue of the News an account of the Barber-Julian law suit, tried before Justice Stratford Saunders on Tuesday of last week, was given. In the article it was stated that the suit was brought by Julian to collect money due him as wages. This statement was incorrect. The suit was brought by Barber in an effort to recover money advanced by him for the purpose of moving Julian’s household goods to the Barber farm. As was stated, the decision was in favor of the defendant.

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